Marian celebrated its annual May Crowning on May 6. A long-standing Marian tradition, May Crowning brings the school together to honor and reflect on Mary as a role model.

Each year the seniors nominate classmates who most reflect a Marian identity. This year’s May Queen is senior Aby Acevedo. She was chosen by her classmates as one who embodies the qualities of Mary, openly sharing her faith with others and demonstrating a commitment to service.

In her address to the student body, Aby challenged all in attendance to follow Mary’s example. “When times get rough and we become fearful of what the future has in store for us, we can have faith and again look to Mary as an example of someone who trusted God enough to let all her plans change in order to follow his will. We can have faith that God will not abandon us but rather will allow us to live our lives to our fullest potential,” said Acevedo. To read Aby’s full remarks, click here.

Aby is an outstanding and engaged student. At Marian, she is active in band, Students for Life and Harvard Model Congress. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and the English, math and science national honor societies. Her faith and service work includes morning prayer leader, retreat leader and she was a member of the service team to the Dominican Republic.

Second-grade daughters and granddaughters of Marian alumnae also participated in the ceremony. More than 15 girls, who received their First Holy Communion this year, processed with Acevedo and placed a rose at the foot of the statue of Mary, symbolizing their blossoming faith.

The ceremony concluded with a cupcake reception and tours of Marian for the second-grade girls and their mothers, grandmothers and aunts.

Aby is the daughter of Maximino and Yulma Rodriguez Acevedo. She will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall.